Originally Posted by ncp
CA is easier. <10 ft. and $90/yr allows you to exceed 8'6 and not need a pilot car. Since you live up north, listen to captjack and the WA rules. Sounds like a pain!
I don't have an overwidth boat, but I also rarely see anything >8'6" as well.
I looked into overwidth permits myself awhile back and concluded the 3 day limit ($10 each) was a pain. But between skipping the permit for short trips to the closest ramp (3 miles away), the option to deflate to trailer it, and the occasional longer trip inflated at $10 a permitted trip it wasn't that bad a deal. It helps that there's a permit office close to me.
I think the reality is that alot of people here have really big boats (although open ribs tend to be rare), the bigger the boat the fewer days it gets used.
I have no idea about OR rules.